Experience fantasy role-playing’s most distinctive and award-winning series in this special three-game collection. Ultima: The Second Trilogy follows the spellbinding tale of the Avatar in this richly detailed and challenging story. The setting is medieval Britannia, but the stories are timeless and involve universal issues that explore the essence of virtue. First, there is the pursuit of spiritual enlightenment in Ultima IV, where your personal ethics are tested in a treacherous struggle to demonstrate the eight virtues of Avatarhood. Then in Ultima V, you rely on your new-found strengths and skills to oppose a tyrannical leader who warps the virtues you uphold through his twisted legislation of morality. Finally, in the epic concluding chapter of Ultima VI, you, the Avatar, must resolve the cultural conflict between a race of hostile creatures and your own. It all adds up to a relentless test of character in a world where things are not always as they appear, and evil is not easily defined.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.6.8 or later. Processor: Intel Core Duo 2GHz+ Memory: 1GB of RAM Graphics: 64MB of video memory Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.
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Posted on 2011-09-08 10:22:39 by TheKid965:
While the first trilogy, also available here, has not aged particularly well on balance, the middle third of the Ultima saga is something else again...
Ultima IV is already on GOG as a freebie, so you're really only paying for V and VI with this package. Some may consider that a drawback, but IMO it's still a great deal even so; these games, especially VI, are often consideredread more among the best PC RPGs of all time. More than mere hack-and-slash gameplay (though make no mistake, you'll get plenty of that too!), this trilogy makes you take a look at yourself as a person, and how your actions have real consequences. Also, you really can see the gradual evolution of the medium in these three games; from the relatively simplistic Ultima IV that betrays its Apple II roots to the fully fleshed-out Ultima VI where better processors and more available memory combine to create a game world where almost any action you can think of is possible.
When old timers like myself wax nostalgic about the Ultima series, these are the three games we're usually talking about. Put another way: The first two games were the rough drafts of the screenplay, and III was the dress rehearsal. Ultimas IV-VI are the main event.
Get it. Now. More than historical curiosities, these are outstanding RPGs even today.
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Posted on 2011-09-09 15:19:51 by Knight_79:
Ultima 4 is where the series set a standard that many games still have difficulty matching. Ultima 4 introduces a conversation system unique for its time. Space was very limited during this time period and Origin masterfully tells a narrative through a system that flows forward through the use of keywords. There is a great video out there that shows this in action just do a searchread more for Ultima 4. This system allowed for Origin to tell a story (though limited by today’s standards) when combined with imagination brought forth an epic quest that may not have stood the test of time graphically, but is still enjoyable when you let your imagination go. This is the where the series becomes the evolutionary driver in CRPG’s. With Ultima 4the goal moves away from the standard RPG “acquire as much experience and the one or three special items required to kill the boss” to “become a person of virtue”, a revolutionary concept that hasn’t been surpassed to this day.
Ultima 5 is my personal favorite in the series. It tells a narrative darker and broader than any of its predecessors. It builds upon the concept of virtue and brings in shades of gray. The story is even more enjoyable if you played Ultima 4, due to the emotional investment you’ll have toward the world you are thrown into. Ultima 5 expands on Ultima 4’s achievements and truly creates a masterpiece of dark fantasy.
Ultima 6 was the first in the series to utilize VGA. It has some quirks with the GUI system that will frustrate people who are used to a modern intuitive interface. Origin realized this and improved upon the interface with Ultima 7. Once you get used to the GUI it’s functional and won’t inhibit the experience. The narrative is interesting. Some find it to be a little preachy. Personally, I enjoyed it. Not as much as 5, but still a great experience.
When looking at these games with a historical perspective you will be truly impressed by a massive world brought to life with extremely limited technology. These games are old. Know what you’re getting into. Retro gamers who love RPG’s will love these. They are deep games that show the evolution of Computer Gaming with each edition of the series. These games created a standard that drove the genre forward. The character creation system in Morrowind pays homage to the system found in Ultima 4-6. These games fall into a category that I can only describe as a historically vital part of Computer Gaming culture. They may not be for everyone, but every gamer has experienced the effect of this evolutionary series.
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Posted on 2011-09-08 07:04:08 by ZapMcRaygunn:
More Ultima!!!!!!!!! 10 stars!!!!!!!!!!
Maybe the next one will be 7?
Anyone who likes RPGS needs these games. Watch how the stories really become more intense as the series moves forward. Enjoy the first six and take time on them and really get to know the Avatar so when 7 comes, you will feel Shamino, Dupre, Iolo and the gang will become like close friends. If you like RPGs you owe it to yourself to download these classics.
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